Panel formed to probe unauthorized prisoner movements

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Thursday, June 19, 2014


A FACT-FINDING committee tasked to probe similar cases of inmates being allowed to receive private hospital care without Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s consent has until July 18 to submit its report.

De Lima gave the instruction to Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Deputy Director for Intelligence Service Jose Doloiras and State Counsel Charles Cambaliza, members of the three-man panel named in Department Order 435.

In her order, De Lima said the panel should determine whether Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officials and personnel can face sanctions or charges for the unauthorized hospital treatment and unmonitored guests of convicted drug lord Ricardo Camata, who was at the Metropolitan Hospital in Tondo, Manila from May 28 to June 2.

These criteria will also be used to other similar incidents in facilities run by BuCor such as the Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City, Davao Prison and Penal Farm in Panabo City and Leyte Regional Prison in Abuyog town.

Lastly, the committee will have to recommend appropriate measures to prevent future occurrences, including the drafting of guidelines and/or regulations that define the responsibilities and actions to be taken by all involved before, during and after similar incidents of hospitalization and/or outside medical consultations.

De Lima earlier dismissed New Bilibid Prison (NBP) Superintendent Fajardo Lansangan, 12 jail guards, two doctors and the head guard of the NBP hospital in Muntinlupa City because of the Camata incident. (Sunnex)

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